Monday, November 22, 2010

FX Glorifying Illegal Immigration

Hollywood’s efforts to convince us that illegal immigration is not a crime have jumped the shark. It seems FX Cable Television Network is working on a series in which the main character is a heroic private investigator. Oh, and he also happens to be an illegal immigrant.

In the past we’ve seen all sorts of P.I.’s on TV: Cannon was the portly P.I., Barnaby Jones was the senior citizen P.I. We’ve even seen a psychic detective (Allison DuBois) and a compulsively neat detective (Monk).

This newest series, though, can’t be blamed simply on Hollywood’s lack of originality. More likely it’s an attempt to lead the general public to believe there is nothing wrong with being here in the United States illegally.

It is possible Hollywood dislikes the fact that, despite their greatest efforts to convince them otherwise, most Americans have a problem with illegal immigration.

The show’s writer, Chap Taylor, told Deadline Hollywood: “In Los Angeles and in the U.S., people's lives are built on the labor of those immigrants…our job is to tell good stories as honestly as we possibly can. If everyone is mad at us, we've done our job."

Well, I’m sure those of us in Arizona who face the dangers of criminal aliens daily will be annoyed at the ignorance of this Hollywood elite.

Most Americans remember when, following a series of attacks on Arizona’s ranchers by illegal aliens and multiple Arizona law enforcement officers were injured or killed in the line of duty, a bill was introduced to allow Arizona’s sheriffs to protect themselves and their citizens from criminals. The proponents of the SB 1070 sought a workable solution to halt the invasion of illegal immigrants, more than 17 percent of whom are found to have criminal records in the United States, and to humbly compensate for the failures of the federal government to carry out its duty to protect the Arizona border.

The criticism that ensued from the left coast and the country’s elites was sharp and saddening to those who simply wanted help. The Obama Administration’s Justice Department, the ACLU and other activist groups filed lawsuits against Arizona and its sheriffs challenging the bill—some calling it “racist” and an infringement on civil rights.

To help provide Arizona sheriffs a sufficient legal defense to take on the Obama Administration and the ACLU, no doubt financed in part by Hollywood liberals, opposing a secure border and enforcement of SB 1070, was formed, headed by co-chairs Sheriff Paul Babeu of Pinal County and the author of this piece, Sheriff Larry Dever of Cochise County. The organization is committed to the idea that, contrary to what Hollywood elites think, SB 1070 is absolutely necessary for Arizona to protect its interest. Without it state law enforcement would be inhibited from enforcing federal immigration laws and cracking down on illegal immigrants like our friend the private investigator.

So, why the fuss about a detective series featuring an illegal immigrant? Well maybe it’s time for Americans concerned with their national security to stand up and say we don’t appreciate it when our concerns are scorned or dismissed. We don’t appreciate Hollywood disregarding the violence and the crime associated with illegal immigration.

I've lost four friends, three law enforcement officers and a rancher in the midst of this illegal border mess. Anyone who wishes to trivialize their lives or dedication to duty is not my friend. I'm not going to yield one piece of turf, topographical or political, to anyone. If some producer wants to trivialize this mess, shame on them.

The liberal and well-heeled producers and writers who provide us with entertainment ought to leave their gated Beverly Hills mansions and spend a few days on the border in Arizona with myself of Sheriff Babeu. They’d get an education and maybe we’d get a more realistic portrayal of the illegal immigration crisis.


New law to end welfare housing priority for immigrants to Britain

New immigrants could be pushed to the bottom of council-house waiting lists to end ‘unfairness’ to local people. Under Coalition plans being unveiled tomorrow, town halls can give priority to people with established links to the area.

The move will be followed later this week by the announcement of strict curbs on the number of ‘skilled’ migrants allowed into Britain.

The measures highlight the growing importance of immigration as an issue as spending cuts, tax rises and un-employment squeeze family finances. There are nearly five million names on council house waiting lists in England. Under the system introduced by Labour in 2002, anyone can add their name, with the lack of control sparking widespread claims that newly-arrived immigrants ‘jump the queue’.

Housing Minister Grant Shapps will propose cracking down by giving councils the right to set criteria, including favouring local residents. But immigrants with families would still have to be housed if they were deemed homeless.

Tory Mr Shapps will also allow town halls to reject those who have applied for housing in another district, to discourage multiple applications. And he is expected to end the right to a council house for life for new tenants, with some potentially being asked to move out after two years. Existing tenants will not be affected.

Home Secretary Theresa May is expected to announce strict caps on the ‘business back-route’, under which migrants from outside the EU can enter the UK if they have skills which companies claim are in short supply.

Research seen by The Mail on Sunday – and which is likely to be seized on by the Government to justify the curbs – has found that thousands of migrants have been allowed into the country to work in professions in which Britons cannot find jobs. Last year 1,694 migrants were brought in to be care home assistants, though there were 33,265 such workers claiming unemployment benefit. Equally, 1,089 software professionals came into the country, despite there being 4,540 claiming benefit. A total of 2,202 chefs were allowed in, despite 11,960 being unemployed here.

The crackdown follows wrangling in the Coalition after Liberal Democrat Business Secretary Vince Cable said in September that an interim cap, introduced before this week’s permanent cap, was hugely damaging to business. He was slapped down by No 10, which said limits would still allow the ‘brightest and best’ to come to Britain.

Government sources said the council-house system needed reform because Labour had left it in ‘chaos’. A source said: ‘We are aiming at a totemic shift from saying council housing should be available to everyone to focusing on people who genuinely need help.’

Mr Shapps will keep controls requiring councils to prioritise people in the greatest housing need, such as the homeless or those in overcrowded accommodation.

Councils and housing associations will have to give tenants at least six months’ notice to move out if they are found to be no longer eligible for social housing.

Social housing landlords will be able to check tenants’ finances after two years in a property. Tenants could be evicted if their financial situation is deemed to have improved sufficiently.


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